Seagulls are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, making it an offence to intentionally injure or kill any gull, or to take, damage or destroy an active nest or its contents.

The former West Dorset District Council introduced an Anti-social Behaviour Related Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), which covers Lyme Regis and makes it a civil offence to intentionally feed seagulls. Fixed penalty notices can be issued and carry a £100 penalty if paid within 28 days, reduced to £75 if paid within 14 days.

View the Anti-social Behaviour Related PSPO

Information for property owners

There are certain measures property owners can take in relation to the birds nesting.

Our information leaflet includes details of the law relating to wild birds, and ways to deter seagulls from nesting on property.

Herring gulls especially like nesting on flat rooftops, chimneys and gullies in sloping roofs. Eggs are laid from May (usually two or three in each nest). Gulls see humans as a threat and will dive towards humans who go near their young.

Please see our frequently asked questions.